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Born in 1979, Russia, Anatoly Larkin has been studying and making music from around the age of 4. After undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK,  Anatoly completed his doctoral studies in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, under the advice ofAlexander Braginsky. During his years in Minnesota, he was a member of the new-music ensemble,Zeitgeist, fulfilling his passion for contemporary and avant-garde music. With Zeitgeist, Anatoly had premiered works by composers Paul Dresher, Scott Miller, Amy Wurtz, Jerome Kitzke, Bill Banfield,Anthony Gatto, Kathy Jackanich, Justin Rubin, Michael Wittgraf and many others. He continues to be an active improviser, having collaborated with trombonist Patrick Crossland, clarinetist Pat O'Keefe and violinist Yuri Merzhevsky.

In 2005, he moved to Raleigh, NC, to join Zenph, a music technology company.  There he developed a software/manual process, subsequently trademarked as "Re-Performance®", that made it possible to hear performances of golden age pianists in famous audio recordings (such as those on wax cylinders, or from 78s) live again, with the help of state-of-the-art reproducing piano technology. He oversaw the recordings of critically acclaimed albums such as, for example, "Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Performance", "Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff" or "Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable".  In 2010 and 2012, his re-creation of Rachmaninoff's and Marvin Hamlisch's pianism (respectively) was featured in 'Live from Lincoln Center' PBS telecast, in collaboration with violinist Joshua Bell.

Anatoly continues to perform, as well as, occasionally, compose music. He is an enthusiastic music teacher who sees learning of music akin to learning a spoken language; in his teaching studio, he employs the successful ear-training method of his first music teacher, Nadezhda Matsayeva. His recent and upcoming projects include a presentation of piano works by "Russian Composers In Their Early 30s", piano recording with piano technician Marc Wienert, performances of a 2-piano version of Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring" with the Carolina Ballet, chamber performances with cellist Jonathan Kramer, as well as the continuing collaboration with composers John Starosta and Craig Bove.